Sunday nights at Albert’s Schloss have become somewhat legendary amongst the Manchester industry crowd thanks to a certain CODE app offer. But the Bavarian-style beer hall is also knocking out some pretty tasty grub. On Monday, The Dumbwaiter stopped by for chicken schnitzel, sformato (baked truffle cheesy mashed potato) and some cheeky ham & cheese croquettes on the side. The perfect cure for a double wedding weekender.
Coffee or a bloody mary? That’s the conundrum Lazy Susan faced when she went for the first serving of brunch at Dan Doherty’s new pub, The Royal Oak. From a small but perfectly formed menu, gorgeous heritage tomatoes on toast (with a sausage chaser, obvs) dressed with zhoug was zingy and delicious. And the drink? Both. Well, it was the weekend.
The Dumbwaiter has always been a fan of old school hospitality and Le Caprice is probably one of the finest examples of this in London. An early supper on Saturday started with sashimi followed by a hearty portion of chicken alla Milanese with rocket and parmesan accompanied by the pianist playing away in the bar.
Lazy Susan looks forward each summer to peas coming into season, so was delighted to see them on the menu at Duck Soup this week. Fresh, plump peas were complemented with labneh and onions and then followed with fleshy grilled aubergine with smoked ricotta and basil. A dish of charred Spiced beef, blistered tomatoes, tahini and coriander was also wonderful. All topped off with a gin and tonic with shiso and a post-dinner stroll through soho - the perfect summer evening.
As cliched as it is to wax lyrical about a meal transporting you somewhere else, or indeed give you a feeling of time standing still, sometimes it’s the only way to describe a meal, usually it’s called Tuesday dinner. Theo Randall at The Intercontinental – an almost literal oasis of calm amongst the opulence of Park Lane – continues to serve flawless Italian fare. From Zucchini Fritti and Calamari through to Veal Cappelletti and a belt busting finale of Ricotta Cheesecake, every dish was a hit. When the three crucial elements of a meal – the food, the service and the space – all come together with ease, you are reminded of why chefs like Theo have such sustained careers. The Dumbwaiter is pleased to be reminded that passion, experience and consistency still go a long way.